2013 NHL Entry Draft: Mock Draft Two

Breakdown by League:

QMJHL – 8

OHL – 8

WHL – 7

USHL – 2

SM-liiga – 2

SEL – 2

KHL – 1

 

1. COL – Seth Jones, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Jones is one of the most complete and exciting prospects we’ve seen in years. His combination of size, smarts, mobility, and puck-handling skills are unmatched by any player in this draft and previous drafts. He is a generational talent with the ability to anchor the blue line at an All-Star level for a decade. Jones is the closest thing to a sure bet as a prospect will ever be. Colorado jumped Florida and the prize is a player with a unique connection to Joe Sakic and the Denver community. He will become a fan favorite in an instant.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

2. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

3. Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (SM-liiga)

 

2. FLA – Jonathan Drouin, LW, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Largely overshadowed by his teammate, Nathan MacKinnon, Drouin blew the door open exploding onto the scene this year with the Mooseheads. The silky Quebec native has the best hands since Patrick Kane. He is a human highlight reel who dazzles fans each night with his unique skill set. Drouin can stickhandle in a phone booth and usually comes out after breaking defensemen’s ankles. The moment he overtook MacKinnon came in the WJC when Drouin forced people to take notice of his magical moves, while Nathan was stuck on the checking line. Florida is loaded at center, but lacks depth at both wing positions. Adding Drouin to one of the deepest prospect pools in the league would put Florida one step closer to becoming a serious playoff threat.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

2. Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (SM-liiga)

3. Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL)

 

3. TBL – Aleksander Barkov, C, Tappara (SM-liiga)

Barkov missed the cut for the 2014 NHL Draft by two weeks, yet has already dominated men in the Finnish Elite League. Easily the number one overall pick if he was born later, this 6’3” 210-pound center has the makes of a longtime NHL player. The son of a local legend has lived up to the hype and then some with Tappara. He is big, smart and plays with an unheard of maturity for a teenager. Some question his foot speed, but it only appears that way because he controls the tempo of the game and has outstanding positioning. Stevie Y knows what it takes to build a winner after observing the Red Wings’ brass orchestrate Detroit’s dominance annually and drafting this young Finnish star will help Tampa Bay take a step in the same direction.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

2. Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL)

3. Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SEL)

 

4. NSH – Nathan MacKinnon, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Nashville would love to see MacKinnon fall to them at number four. MacKinnon entered this season as the top forward eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft and although he hasn’t improved his stock, he has done little to hurt it as well. If it weren’t for the emergence of Jonathan Drouin, MacKinnon would’ve garnered more attention on the star-studded Halifax squad. Born and raised in Halifax, MacKinnon refused to play with Bair-Comeau, which originally drafted him first overall, and forced a trade to his hometown team. This raises a red flag in my mind regarding his maturity and mental toughness after refusing to accept his role as the face of the Drakkar. Instead he was outdone by his own teammate and appears to be this highly-touted because of the supporting cast around him. Still, MacKinnon is one of the elite four prospects in this draft class and deserves to be taken in the top four.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL)

2. Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SEL)

3. Hunter Shinkaruk, C, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

 

5. CAR – Darnell Nurse, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

The son of a CFL wide receiver and nephew of former NFL quarterback, Donovan McNabb, Nurse is one of the fastest risers in this year’s draft class. It’s a given that Nurse is gifted with natural athletic ability, which is a large part of his meteoric rise up draft boards. He is big, physical and plays with a nasty mean streak. GMs and teams covet athletic, strong and tough blueliners and because of Carolina’s lack of depth on defense, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Nurse end up a Hurricane. His 12 goals and 41 points this year are career-highs by far, creating the one-year wonder debate. His defensive play and nastiness cannot be disputed, but if his offensive production doesn’t match this year’s total, he may turn out to be a reach.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL)

2. Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SEL)

3. Hunter Shinkaruk, C, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

 

6. CGY – Hunter Shinkaruk, C, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)

Shinkaruk is a definitive offensive forward. He has put up monster numbers during his three-year tenure in the WHL. Scoring 100 goals and totaling 219 points in 193 career games proves Shinkaruk’s knack for finding the score-sheet. He lacks ideal size for the NHL and could afford to add some upper-body bulk, but Shinkaruk makes up for that with speedy feet and quick hands. He has arguably the best mitts in the league and is a weapon to create threats out of seemingly harmless situations. However, when the stick is not on his puck, Shinkaruk gets lost and needs to improve his positioning to round out his game. The Calgary native grew up playing in the Calgary Royals youth program and has been on the Flames’ radar ever since he laced up his skates.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL)

2. Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SEL)

3. Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

 

7. EDM – Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Chelyabinsk (KHL)

Nichushkin has already made headlines after signing a two-year, $10 million contract with Dynamo Moskva for the upcoming season. The young Russian sensation has drawn comparisons to fellow countryman Evgeni Malkin in large part due to his size and speed combination. At 6’4” 200-pounds, Nichushkin is a boy in a man’s body. He flashes phenomenal skills and highlight reel abilities when streaming down the wing. His game-winning-goal in the WJC bronze medal game against Canada provided scouts with the ammunition they needed to press for him come draft day. The potential is there but Nichushkin needs to work on his defensive zone play and become more consistent on a nightly basis. He apparently plans on spending the next two years in the KHL and then immediately jumping to the NHL. The Oilers need big, strong wingers to open space for their small superstars and Nichushkin would look great playing along-side countryman Nail Yakupov.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SEL)

2. Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

3. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (SM-liiga)

 

8. BUF – Elias Lindholm, C, Brynas (SEL)

With the first of two first-round picks Buffalo could go in a number of different directions. If Elias Lindholm is there at number eight, it’s hard to imagine Buffalo passing over him. The 18-year-old has already become a steady fixture for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League. The two-way forward has impressed everybody with his maturity and hockey sense at such a young age. The top-ranked Swedish prospect may not develop into a top scorer or point producer in the NHL, but he will provide steady play and brings a responsible game to any team. Taking the best player on the board would be a wise strategy for a rebuilding Sabres team and Lindholm would be another stallion in a stable already housing Mikhail Grigorenko, Joel Armia, Zemgus Girgensons, and Marcus Foligno.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

2. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (SM-liiga)

3. Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

 

9. NJD – Sean Monahan, C, Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

The Devils would be thrilled to see Sean Monahan fall to them. He is a classic Devils type of player, who would fit in nicely with the Peter DeBoer and Lou Lamoriello mold. His selfless style of hockey and all-around skill make him this year’s Sean Couturier. Monahan played on an awful 67’s team, yet stayed with his team through the struggles, instead of opting out for a contender. He has tremendous hockey sense, always appearing to be in the right place at the right time. The Brampton, Ont. native has posted back-to-back 78-point campaigns and was named captain this season in recognition of his leadership qualities. The Devils lost Zach Parise this past offseason, but have the chance to replace him this year with a budding, young talent.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

2. Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

3. Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

 

10. DAL – Valentin Zykov, LW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

We are all aware of the concerns surrounding Russian players. After spending last season with CSKA-Krasnaja Armija Moskva in the MHL, Zykov traveled to Quebec to get a head start on his North American career. After posting 75 points and being named the QMJHL Rookie of the Year, the Russian proved that the transition was easy. Fit to play a North American style of tough, physical hockey and not the traditional Russian style, Zykov has the makings of a big power forward. He uses his size well and has great body control in the corners. He makes his living below the circles, grinding the puck out of the tough areas displaying his will and desire. Longtime assistant general manager with the Detroit Red Wings, Jim Nill, will take the reigns in Dallas after being very instrumental in Detroit’s draft success. Zykov may be a couple years away, but he would bring some toughness to the Stars’ prospect pool.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

2. Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

3. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (SM-liiga)

 

11. PHI – Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS (SM-liiga)

Philadelphia is in a tough position selecting at number 11. The elite prospects will be gone, leaving riskier decisions to be made just outside the top 10. In recent drafts the Flyers have used the best-player remaining strategy, adding some high risk/high reward forwards to the prospect pool. Philadelphia is very thin at defense and lacks any top pair prospects. Ristolainen would bring some much-needed size and nastiness to the blueline. He has played against men for two seasons already with TPS in Finland’s top league. His experience has served him well as the big blueliner has developed an offensive side to his game. At 6’4” 207-pounds Ristolainen would be a massive two-way threat if his offensive skills continue to develop. His strength is in the defensive zone, where he does a tremendous job defending the slot and the crease. His mean streak is prevalent when he is on the ice, which is something the Flyers’ D-unit has been missing.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

2. Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

3. Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

 

12. PHX – Frederik Gauthier, C, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

The Coyotes are not a flashy organization nor do they harbor superstar scorers. Yet, they compete and find a way to win games. If you take that statement and substitute Frederik Gauthier’s name, it would still ring true. He is not an elite scorer, although the Coyotes need one. But he is gritty and has the physical measurements of a forceful player. Gauthier is 6’5” and weighs 210 pounds. He will most likely add a few more pounds, which should boost his tenacity in the hitting game on the ice. His strengths are in the faceoff dots and in his two-way style of play. He can win draws and play steady defense as a third defenseman in the corners. Gauthier had an opportunity to play at Harvard, but chose the CHL route to hone his skills against better competition.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

2. Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgarden (SWE-2)

3. Max Domi, C/LW, London Knights (OHL)

 

13. WPG – Anthony Mantha, RW, Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)

Mantha was the only player in the QMJHL to score 50 goals this year and was one of just three in the entire CHL to accomplish the feat. He is 6’4” 190-pounds and skates well. He may be the purest scorer in this draft class and has a lethal shot. Yet, given these strengths, Mantha has been devalued by many scouts. His level of consistency and intensity on a nightly basis has been put into question, which has stunted his draft stock. Winnipeg is looking for another big winger to help offload some of the scoring burden from Evander Kane. If Mantha can silence his critics and prove his steadiness as a team player, he could be a steal at 13th overall.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Max Domi, C/LW, London Knights (OHL)

2. Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

3. Adam Erne, LW, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)

 

14. CBJ – Ryan Pulock, D, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

The best slap shot in the draft. Pulock has by far the best upside offensively of any defenseman in the draft. Brandon’s captain has 41 goals and 147 points in 195 career WHL games. His slap shot has drawn comparisons to Dion Phaneuf’s and his leadership is similar as well. The reason Pulock’s stock has fluctuated throughout the first round is because some teams value potential more than production in the first round. Some scouts believe Pulock has shown his best game and has a lower ceiling than less-productive players. He was injured for the Top Prospects game and didn’t get a chance to showcase his abilities in the postseason, which may feed into his dropping stock. Since his name hasn’t been in the news lately, his stock has paid the price. Columbus’ new general manager, Jarmo Kekäläinen, is very intelligent and has a chance to grab a proven entity to bolster the blueline.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Mirco Mueller, D, Everett Silvertips (WHL)

2. Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

3. Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

 

15. NYI – Alexander Wennberg, C, Djurgarden (SWE-2)

After years of futility the Islanders are finally ready to attack the Eastern Conference. Thanks to the poor finishes, New York has stocked its cupboard with elite prospects at forward and defense. They could anywhere with this pick, depending on who is left on the board. This could be the place we see the first goalie taken, or perhaps another European. I believe the latter will hold true with this pick and Alexander Wennberg will be heading to the island. His potential as a skilled Swedish forward with strong hockey sense and positioning will be the strongest sell for any squad searching for the next great Swede.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

2. Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

3. Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

 

16. BUF (From MIN) – Steven Santini, D, USA U-18 (USHL)

With the biggest leap of anyone in my mock, Steven Santini finds himself in the middle of the first round, staying in his home state to play for Buffalo. The Sabres already had a top 10 pick to add an elite forward to a deep prospect pool. Buffalo’s defensive pool is filled with competitive players with potential. Santini is a long-term project that played for the USNTDP this season. He will enroll at Boston College in the fall and given Jerry York’s track record, I think it’s safe to say we are just scratching the surface on Santini’s potential. The 6’2” 205-pound blueliner will develop his speed and hockey sense in Chestnut Hill. The reason I have him going this high is because of his performance at the U18 WJC. The American was named the WJC Best Defenseman after a tremendous tournament. Past winners of this award include Ryan Suter, Brent Seabrook, Kevin Shattenkirk, Erik Karlsson, Can Fowler, Adam Larsson, and Matthew Dumba. All of these selections went in the top half of the first round when they were drafted.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

2. Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

3. Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

 

17. OTT – Ryan Hartman, RW, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

When we look back on this draft and examine the successes and failures, Ryan Hartman’s name will stick out. He has all the makings of a captain in the NHL. He is the ultimate team player, who is willing to do anything to win. He throws around the body well for a guy his size (5’11” 187 lbs.) and can back it up with his fists. He is a feisty, gritty guy that seems to have been plucked from the past generation and placed in present day. He has a blue-collar work ethic, yet has a finesse portion of his game as well. Hartman always finds a way to end up on the scoresheet and will rack up a few Gordie Howe hat tricks before he is done playing. Hartman can play wing or forward, and is responsible enough to provide help in the defensive zone. Ottawa plays a tough, hard-nosed style of play and would fall in love with Hartman’s attributes in a Senators’ sweater. The name says it all with this kid.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Mirco Mueller, D, Everett Silvertips (WHL)

2. Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

3. Zach Nastasiuk, RW, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

 

18. DET – Mirco Mueller, D, Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Despite being renowned as the best-drafting team in the league, Detroit hasn’t always hit on first-round talent. Many of the successful Red Wings’ have been overlooked and are plucked in the later rounds. A large part of that success comes from Detroit’s patience with its prospects. The last 18-year-old draftee to play a season with the Wings was Keith Primeau in 1990-91. In the past three years, 22 Detroit draft picks have combined for three NHL games. That is why is seems like Mirco Mueller fits here. The Swiss-born defender came to North America this year and benefitted from playing in the WHL. The 6’3” 184-pound defender has the size and potential to succeed in the NHL, but is still raw and will need two more seasons in the WHL to hone his craft.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Zach Nastasiuk, RW, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

2. Max Domi, C/LW, London Knights (OHL)

3. Shea Theodore, D, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

 

19. CBJ (From NYR) – Zach Nastasiuk, RW, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

Not only does Columbus have its own first round selection in the lottery, but also thanks to deals with the Rangers and the Kings, the Blue Jackets own three picks in the opening round. After taking a puck-moving defenseman with their first selection, the Blue Jackets will look to bolster their offensive talent. After trading away Rick Nash and a plethora of depth forwards, Columbus will need to reload with young snipers. Zach Nastasiuk is the ability to be something special. He is still raw and needs more seasoning in the CHL ranks as well as the AHL before appearing in the show. But when he gets there, he will stick and provide a competitive edge that should keep him in the lineup. He is a phenomenal penalty killer, with a serious ability to create offense short-handed. His puck skills are good and his hockey sense is great. As he continues to play on a solid Owen Sound team, Nastasiuk will be looked upon to take his game to the next level as he flourishes in the OHL.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

2. Max Domi, C/LW, London Knights (OHL)

3. Shea Theodore, D, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

 

20. SJS – Shea Theodore, D, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

The Sharks are long in the tooth and desperately need some young prospects with strong upsides that can contribute sooner rather than later. Dan Boyle is still a steady puck-moving defenseman, but is getting old, and Brent Burns was moved from defense to forward. This leaves the Sharks to search for a skillful offensive defenseman to help carry the team into the next era. Theodore has not received much attention playing for Seattle, a team that overachieved just by making the WHL playoffs this season. But, the 6’2” 182-pound defender willed the team to his success, adding 50 points in 71 games played. If the Sharks can be patient for one more season, Theodore can be plugged into Dan Boyle’s role on the defense and powerplay without missing much skill-wise.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

2. Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

3. Joshua Morrissey, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

 

21. WSH – Nikita Zadorov, D, London Knights (OHL)

Zadorov is the classic long-term project with gifted size and high potential. Washington has been known to take chances on these project-type players, especially Russian ones. Evgeny Kuznetsov hasn’t joined the Capitals yet, which may have some worried. Given Washington’s success with European players they seem most likely to take a flyer on a boom-or-bust player in Zadorov. Scouts and fans can drool over his mammoth size (6’5” 230 lbs.) and raw potential, but it is just that, raw. Zadorov is benefiting from a star-studded London team that is poised for a Memorial Cup run. He already has a man’s frame and could compete physically in the NHL right now. But, the rest of his game needs to come around. Zadorov cannot just be about size; he needs to hone his skills and develop his puck-moving skills. NHL history is littered with players gifted with size, but couldn’t cut it in the skill department.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Samuel Morin, D, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

2. Joshua Morrissey, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

3. Max Domi, C/LW, London Knights (OHL)

 

22. TOR – Max Domi, C/LW, London Knights (OHL)

Many think that Toronto will eye Halifax goalie Zachary Fucale if he is around when they draft. But, with trade winds inevitably blowing about a deal for Roberto Luongo, I can’t see Toronto passing on the offensive talent remaining on the board in the later part of the first round. Max Domi, the son of Tie, has his father’s stature and competitiveness, yet brings more of a pure scoring threat than his father. Max plays bigger than his 5’10” 194-pound frame, and exhibits tremendous strength on the puck. He is fearless and brings a winner’s mentality to a team in desperate need of playoff success. Domi is a creative two-way player, who would flourish in Randy Carlyle’s defensive style.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

2. Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

3. Samuel Morin, D, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

 

23. VAN – Zachary Fucale, G, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

If and when Luongo is dealt, Vancouver will turn its focus solely on Cory Schneider. The focus, which has never seemed completely comfortable, may be short-lived for Schneider. Fucale is the top-ranked North American goaltending prospect in this year’s draft class. He plays for the equivalent of a QMJHL All-Star team, so he seldom is forced to steal a game for his squad. But, the positive side of this dilemma is that Fucale has been forced to keep his head in the game this year even when he’s not facing many shots. That is a tough quality to find in a 17-year-old, but Fucale displays a quiet confidence and maturity in the pipes. He is very good down low and exhibits fantastic side-to-side movement. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Vancouver continue its cycle of stockpiling goaltenders and churning them out to the league.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Samuel Morin, D, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

2. Joshua Morrissey, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

3. Nic Petan, C, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

 

24. CBJ (From LAK) – Bo Horvat, C, London Knight (OHL)

The Blue Jackets’ third and final pick of the first round comes from the same team who had three themselves a decade ago. Widely accepted as the deepest draft since then, 2013 will be a landmark draft for the Blue Jackets. After previously selecting an offensive defenseman and a high-ceiling playmaker at wing, Columbus looks to the middle of the ice with its final pick. Bo knows hockey. The reliable Knight has been a staple for London ever since his rookie season began last year. After learning to walk and run at the same time, Horvat used his experience from last season to springboard his sophomore campaign. He can play in every scenario of the game and is a valuable asset even strength, as well as on both special teams units. He is a meat and potatoes type of player, which seems to match the evolving image of the Blue Jackets.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. William Carrier, LW, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

2. Joshua Morrissey, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

3. Adam Erne, LW, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)

 

25. CGY (From STL) – Joshua Morrissey, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

Columbus isn’t the only team with three first round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Thanks to wheeling and dealing at the trade deadline, the Calgary Flames added two additional first round picks to their own. After solving the need for a top-line scorer with their lottery pick, the Flames need to bring in a puck-moving defenseman with offensive capabilities. Morrissey may lack prototypical NHL size for a defender (5’11” 182 lbs.) but makes up for it with his skill and skating ability. Born and raised in Calgary, Morrissey is another homegrown talent scouted by the Flames, after excelling with Prince Albert. He is a smooth-skating puck-mover with excellent offensive abilities for a defender. He is very competitive and has outstanding read-and-react skills on the blueline. Morrissey could be the powerplay quarterback Calgary desperately desires.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)

2. Adam Erne, LW, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)

3. Robert Hagg, D, Modo (SEL)

 

26. BOS – Adam Erne, LW, Quebec Ramparts (QMJHL)

If the Connecticut product falls to Boston this late in the first round it will prove the old adage that “the rich get richer.” Erne is a physical, feisty winger who isn’t flashy but can put the puck in the net. He is highly productive and works hard in the dirty areas. Erne has the speed to match his growing frame (6’1” 195 lbs.) and uses both well. He has a scoring touch and equally competent playmaking ability. The one knock on Erne is his conditioning and willingness to stay motivated off of the ice. Boston would be a terrific organization for this young talent to go to, given its track record with player development and squeezing the most out of its prospect’s potential.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)

2. Nic Petan, C, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

3. Michael McCarron, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)

 

27. MON – Kerby Rychel, LW, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

Montreal isn’t a place for the weak, especially when it comes to hockey. If there is anyone in this draft apt enough for the crazy hockey-market, it’s Kerby Rychel. Growing up under the watchful eye of his father, the legendary Warren Rychel, Kerby has dealt with incredible expectations in Windsor. The spunky forward couples a thick frame with a talented scoring touch. The 6’1” 200-pound winger has back-to-back 40-goal seasons in addition to the occasional fight. Built with a power forward mold, the California native is still developing with a high ceiling. Plus, Montreal seems to enjoy drafting and dressing American players, so Rychel would fit right in with the Habs.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Michael McCarron, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)

2. Nic Petan, C, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

3. John Hayden, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)

 

28. ANA – Nic Petan, C, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

It is hard to ignore a player who scores 120 points in his rookie season in the WHL. Perhaps it is a little easier when that player is 5’8” 163-pounds. No matter his size, Petan can play. He is a naturally gifted center with outstanding hockey sense and competitiveness. He is a point machine who works hard in the slot and corners, despite his small frame. Too often scouts and teams make draft picks based off physical measurements and not production. Petan can flat-out play and take over a game with his dazzling stick-work. His size shouldn’t hold him back from being drafted in the late first round. He has that special something that mesmerizes you when he has the puck on his stick.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. John Hayden, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)

2. Connor Hurley, LW, Edina HS (USHS)

3. Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)

 

29. CGY (From PIT) – Samuel Morin, D, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

With Calgary’s third first round pick, the Flames add a giant in 6’7” 200-pound defender Samuel Morin. Morin is a mammoth on the blueline with mobility for his size. He has solid puck-moving skills and an above-average shot from the point. A player of his size takes longer to develop into their own, which is what the Flames hope from Morin. He has potential to develop into a well-rounded defenseman with a monster frame. Worst-case scenario, Calgary adds a big, strong blueliner who will fight and protect his teammates.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Andre Burakowsky, LW, Malmo (SEL)

2. Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)

3. Robert Hagg, D, Modo (SEL)

 

30. CHI – Ian McCoshen, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)

From one Blackhawks sweater to another, McCoshen would be a perfect fit for Chicago. Standing 6’2” 207-pounds and possessing the ability to become a 20-30 minute workhorse on the blueline, McCoshen would flourish with the superstar talent on Chicago’s roster. Joining Steven Santini next fall at Boston College, McCoshen will provide Jerry York with another big-bodied defender, who he will undoubtedly turn into a prolific skater. The Minnesota native has been described as a shut-down defender, using his stick well to get into passing lanes. There is an offensive upside to McCoshen’s game as he moves the puck well and can create offense from the blueline.

Other 2013 NHL Draft Possibilities:

1. Andre Burakowsky, LW, Malmo (SEL)

2. Connor Hurley, LW, Edina HS (USHS)

3. John Hayden, RW, USA U-18 (USHL)